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All hail change in DOCa. Rioja?

On Saturday 20th May, when I had just returned from judging in this year's annual D.O. Yecla wine competition, my phone, in vibration and...

Judging at ‘Yecla, San Isidro 2017’

I'm neither surprised nor disappointed that I can no longer lay claim to being the only foreigner to be invited to help judge the...

The International Wine Contest Bucharest

The wine world has noticed that over the last 20 years there has been a persistent voice in the wilderness consistently championing the wines...

Muddy boots and wine

The French have been making a significant contribution to the wine world for centuries. Nowadays there are wonderful wines from many parts of the...

Wine tourism – Part two

This week I’m celebrating again the encouraging success story of Spanish wine tourism, a now burgeoning, integral part of the Spanish wine industry! A recent...

Reflecting the soul of the vineyard

Terroir - 'The complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.' Terroir - 'The...

Wine tourism in Spain

I’m delighted to read that in 2016 wine tourism in Spain, ‘Enoturismo’, registered an increase of 21% in terms of visitor compared to the...

Wine with legs (Part 2)

Vineyards have their own personality – odd though that sounds. So do vines – even stranger? Let me explain: you may have seen the...

Wine with legs

It's largely an obsolete term nowadays, but there was a time when wines were sometimes referred to as having 'good legs'. If holding a...

All the best stories start with a plot

It is far better to travel to a winery for a tour, and crucially, a tasting, with somebody else driving! The more so, when...

New bodega in Yecla

It's not every day that one is invited to the inauguration of a brand new bodega here in Spain; the more so when the...

DOP Bullas takes its place on both national & international stages

My third opportunity to visit and taste the wines of DOP Bullas occurred recently when I was once again invited to join the panel...

EU to investigate Prosecco supply & demand anomalies

Ever wondered why, for at least three consecutive years, UK consumers were warned of a Prosecco shortage, yet the shortfall never appeared? Ever contemplated...

If not now then when!

Vinoteca solves the conservation conundrum I'm fortunate, I know. I receive wines from all over Spain each month, sent by bodegas hoping for a review...

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